Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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10.1 X 10.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Zunon was born in Albany, New York, and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. As a little girl, she loved to draw, paint, make up dances, and play dress-up in a household that was never devoid of chocolate. As she grew up, she didn't really change! Elizabeth now lives in Albany, where she explores a multicultural world through painting, silk-screening, collage, and pondering the endless possibilities of chocolate. Grandpa Cacao is her first authored-illustrated book, and a love letter to the grandfather she never knew.


"Evocative . . . sure to expand the minds of children, this is an engaging multicultural addition for a public library picture book collection." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Zunon, who based the story on her own childhood, uses a winsome blend of paint, collage and ghostly screen-printed figures that represent the faraway Grandpa Cacao--who appears in a buoyant surprise ending, just as the cake is ready." - New York Times Book Review

"Replete with sensory details, and two spreads of backmatter round out the informational content, including maps, history, and a cake recipe. Delectable treats plus family history make this a sweet story to share." --Kirkus Reviews

"Gracefully intertwines the past and present." --Booklist

"Striking oil paint, collage, and screen-printed illustrations . . . point to the importance of traditions to those in the African diaspora when they settle in new places." --Horn Book Magazine

"Zunon conveys how scents and shared recipes can connect the past to the present." --Publishers Weekly

"Elizabeth Zunon's warm, bright illustrations provide a cheerful balance, but it's the ache of a parent's absence that most powerfully animates the book." --The New York Times Book Review on POEMS IN THE ATTIC

"This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth." --The Wall Street Journal on THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

"The co-authors have collaborated with artist Elizabeth Zunon on a powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's book." --The Boston Globe on THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND